Welcome to the blog of my Wild Flower Meadow for 2015.
A bit late starting this year due to nasty persistent virus that was so difficult to eradicate.
Sadly this may be the last year I may be keeping a blog for my meadow . The house and acre of land will be going on the market in the not too distant future . The new owners may put the land back to grazing or development who knows .
I sincerely hope not.
I hope it will be as loved and nurtured as It has been since I started it in 2006
In the mean time I will endeavour to keep the blog up to date with lots of pictures showing how the plants and wildlife play out in 2015 .I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I do producing it.
Please pop back from time to time to see the new additions and feel free to add any comments

Saturday 30 June 2012

More orchids for last day of June

Perfumed Hedge

 Rosa Rugosa so beautiful when in flower and to follow the giant hips later that the birds and
 wild life love so much\

The large amount of rain we have had this month is really giving all the plants in the meadow a good boost. The Rosa Rugosa hedge that separates the from the farmers land  beyond is full of beautiful roses I don’t think it will grow much taller as the cows put their heads over the fence and eat it. 

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After this  mornings rain the sun came out and as I walked down the meadow the beautiful rose perfume that reminds me of Turkish delight kept wafting my way so so lovely  

Monday 25 June 2012

Anglesey Wild Flower Meadow: Newts

Anglesey Wild Flower Meadow: Newts: This is the pond in the garden and although not really part of the Meadow Blog, it is connected as the meadow attracts wild life int...


This is the pond in the garden and although not really part of the Meadow Blog, it is connected as the meadow attracts wild life into the garden.

At this point I appologise for the poor quality of the photos but they are taken at night using a powerful torch and flash on the camera .This has made the images a little fuzzy as the newts are under the water.  

I don't know exactly what kind of newts they are some are orange underneath and others look to be a bluey green underneath. I think they are most probably common newts.

Tonight I counted nine full size newts but I am sure there are more . It was only just going dark so there may be more out later.I only found out this last week that I could see them with a torch in the water at night. So glad I had the bat light fitted or I would never have known they were there

Thursday 21 June 2012

The best laid plans of mice and men etc etc

Things don’t always go as we plan . I thought I was creating a lovely Irish wild flower section in the meadow but it wasn’t to be . I don’t know what happened a huge amount of rape suddenly appeared .We pulled out hundreds but after the heavy rain there were thousands not hundreds and all flowering at 2 to 3 inches high. The only solution was to treat it with Round Up ..If left it  the whole meadow would be covered in a couple of years.
The only way I think it could of happened  is it must have been in the hen food. I had  put some hen manure there when cleaning the hen pen before I transferred it to the compost heap
Rather than leave it empty I have filled the space with plug meadow plants I had coming on in the greenhouse and lots of nectar rich plants from the garden. I have also sown more meadow seeds and some annuals as well.
I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed and see how it works

Wednesday 20 June 2012

New Flowers 3rd week in June

Field Scabious,
 Knautia arvensis

Lesser Stitchwort
Stellaria graminea

Pink Dog Rose
 Rosa canina

Red Valarian
 Centranthus ruber

White Dog Rose
Rosa canina

Flanders  Poppy
 Papaver  rhoeas
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Vipers Bugloss
Echium Vulgare

First orchids to flower thisyear

 Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)2012m98
The orchids are starting to flower so far they four different places I will post better pictures when they are in full flower

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Nosy neighbours

Two nice dry days followed the wind and gale .A good chance to get the  grass in the centre of meadow mown before the rain and gales that are forecast  return later in the week 
It was a lovely evening the air heavy with the scent of new mown grass.
As I searched the grass for new flowers for the blog I became aware of being watched .It was the four legged neighbours in the field next door.

June delights

Common Mouse-ear
 (Cerastium  fontanum)

Field Cranesbill
 Geranium pratense

White Valerian
 Centranthus ruber 'Albus'

Scentless Feverfew
Tanacetum corymbosum

Red Oriental Poppy
Papaver Orientale
Hedgerow Cranesbill
Geranium Pyrenaicum  

Monday 11 June 2012

Winter type storms in June

After 3 days of  constant rain and one day of gale force winds the meadow looked very sad yesterday  lots of patches  were flattened . 
When I walked down there this afternoon it was already recovering . 

Thursday 7 June 2012

Tuesday 5 June 2012

Close up of Foxglove

Close up of Foxglove Flower

New additions for June 4 th

Candelarba Primula Rainbows
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Common Cats ear
(Hypochaeris radicata

Unknown Euphorbia

Fat Hen
Chenopodium album

Monday 4 June 2012

The beginning of June

The recent spell of hot weather has turned the blossom on the Hawthorn beautiful shades of pink .Usually it is just plain white
The Birdsfoot Trefoil have now made huge clumps this one measures about 3 feet each way
More and more flowers appearing every day the Ox eye Daisies are like little lights at dusk
A beautiful clump of Ragged Robin

Friday 1 June 2012

A few more for the end of May

Aprict Foxglove Digitalis

Foxglove Digitalis purpurea

Kashmir Rowan Tree Sorbus cashmiriana

Red Hot Poker Kniphofia

Rose Red Rosa Rugosa

 Rose Rosa WhiteRugosa

Yellow Flag Iridaceae